Narrator: Matt Armstrong
Book: Dogwood Days & Spring Fever
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Alexandria Corza
Release Date: June7, 2016
Length: 6 hours 23 minutes
Reviewed by Erin
Small-town heroes and big-town hearts.
When Jefferson Lee Davis leaves his life in the big city to return to the small Southern town of Holly Creek, his natural charm soon has the residents eating out of his hand. Jefferson Lee steps up to help with Holly Creek s biggest festival, Dogwood Days, which puts him directly in the path of the town s hunky sheriff, Zane Yarbrough. Quirky neighbors, meddling family, and a sassy best friend make Jefferson Lee s life a full-time adventure, and he warms to the idea of making a home in Holly Creek a life that might include Zane.
But as the summer Rose Festival looms around the corner and more small-town secrets come to light, Jefferson Lee and Zane must take a long look at their blossoming romance. If they re going to make it as a couple, they ll have to work through their trust issues and believe that the relationship they re building can weather any storm that blows their way.
Jefferson Lee Davis, Holly Creek s new Director of Publicity, is gearing up for the next big town event, the summer Rose Festival. The job is running smoothly, but the course of true love has hit a rocky patch. His hunky boyfriend, Sheriff Zane Yarbrough, is receiving mysterious phone calls he doesn t want to discuss. While Jefferson Lee is blindsided by jealousy, the second shoe drops with the appearance of a handsome stranger in the small tight-knit community. Needing answers, Jefferson Lee enlists his best gal-pal Clover Crofton to help find out what secrets Zane is hiding. When they land themselves in more trouble than Jefferson Lee bargained for, he and Zane face the first big test of their relationship. Zane and Jefferson Lee must work through their trust issues if they re going to make it as a couple, and Clover may just have a thing or two to learn herself.
Dogwood Days and Spring Fever by Poppy Dennison is one my most favorite feel good reads. It makes me smile and feel warm and as sunshiny as a spring day in a small town where the flowers are blooming, and a glass of sweet tea hits the spot like nothing else. It's not easy to capture that southern charm on the page ... or out loud. Matt Armstrong is a new to me narrator and he had a lot to live up to with this wonderful book but I'm here to tell you that he more than pulled it off. Listening to Dogwood Days and Spring Fever (which are two separate, connecting books) was every bit as enjoyable as reading it the first time. I will definitely be on the lookout for more works by this narrator.
Matt Armstrong did such a fantastic job capturing the nuance of a southern accent without making it too over the top. From Jefferson Lee's rambunctiousness to Clover's snippy but well meaning advice to Uncle Sherman's southern gentleman, Armstrong gave them all a perfect voice. Jefferson Lee is by far my favorite of all the characters and I'm so glad that Armstrong captured his larger than life personality. This is just down home, feel good fun and if you have a few hours, don't miss out on this one. You'll come away with a smile on your face ... and a hankering for a piece of pie and a glass of sweet tea.
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